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Jan 19, 2010 4:00pm EST
washington, d.c. indeed, in tennessee, as in massachusetts, they have been the test case for public option health care. in tennessee the program failed. it nearly bankrupted the state. we saw our costs escalate. our democrat governor has called the program a disaster. we have also seen in massachusetts where only 32% of your population says they think the program is working. and i think your costs have gone up about 20% for health care. >> i can show you the insurance docs that are delighted by this possibility. any plan that expands costs without reforming the system, basically empowering monopolies or unreformed agolopys to retain the status quo. i'm curious politically how you look at scott brown. the reason i ask is, mr. brown does not refer to himself as a republican per se when he represents himself in his own material, that he is basically cam pained as you just described, saying this is the people's seat. he's running on anti-establishment basis as a republican, as opposed to advertising himself as a republican running as a republican. if that makes sense. >> absolutely it makes se
Jan 18, 2010 4:00pm EST
chuck todd. also from washington, tom, science professor at the university of maryland in baltimore county. chuck, the damage in some ways there politically -- at least by my interpretation, by the closeness of the race, how big is your sense of the anti-establishment or anti-status quo wave in this country that may be manifesting itself in massachusetts but obviously has been percolating for well over a year now? >> look, i think one thing that every incumbent running for re-election ought to take away from massachusetts is that, you know, being part of the -- being perceived as part of the establishment, being perceived as the incumbent or washington candidate, or in this indication, that's what's happened to martha coakley, she got portrayed as part of the democratic machine up there, part of the, don't forget patrick, the governor has approval ratings below 30%. he's got the -- the president is actually the most popular democrat she could have found in massachusetts. but his approval rating is only in the low 50s, and for massachusetts that isn't a great number. so, you know, un
Jan 22, 2010 4:00pm EST
vote. my bet is we can get realtime disclosure of money going to washington, d.c. i hope we can pull this off. >> i hope so. >> ellen miller from the sunlight foundation. >>> today obama said that he is still committed to health reform despite running into a legislative buzz saw that has stalled, as many think he's hit the sour spot of reform with enough expansion to irritate people with not enough reform to accommodate the expansion. at a speech in ohio the president maintained that his resolve will not waiver. >> i didn't take this on to score political points. but i'm trying to solve the problems that folks here, in ohio, and across this country face every day. i'm not going to walk away just because it's hard. we're going to keep on working to get this done. with democrats, i hope with republicans, anybody who's willing to step up. >> obama's iowa visit the second stop on what they're calling the white house to main street tour. >>> some breaking news. britain raising its international threat level to severe. their second highest level. this just crossing the joint terrorism
Jan 27, 2010 4:00pm EST
look. nbc news "wall street journal" poll shows 70% think washington isn't doing enough to regulate wall street. no surprise. they have done nothing since the collapse to claw back money, tax future profits let alone close the loopholes that got us into the mess. meanwhile, an overwhelming 84% think lobbyist have too much influence on capitol hill and in the white house. think of the back room deal obama made with pharma. americans are saying loud and clear the government does not work for us anymore. but do not forget this is america. where anything is, indeed, possible. a country that once had slaves, where women couldn't vote and children worked 16--hour-days. all of that was changed by the people of this country and we can change the way our government is run today by simply invoking our freedoms. our freedom to vote. our freedom to speak. and our freedom to put our money wherever we so choose. barack obama didn't fill mile high stadium nor did he fill grant park on election night or the national mall on inauguration day. americans did. those voters elected barack obama on the p
Jan 20, 2010 4:00pm EST
washington, d.c. if this doesn't make it obvious, i don't know what will. if you let the special interests write your legislation for you the voters are going to throw you out of office. case in point. as we all watched the extraction of any actual reform from the helicopter bill, person pechuation of the monopoly, no portability, no choice. the insurance monopoly represented by their stocks reaped the rewards of a government that was not only going to not reform the system but mandate everybody buy their health insurance into an unreformed monopoly. they call that freedom? i don't think so. and the cherry on top, president obama's deal with the unions exempting members from the so-called cadillac tax on the highest priced plans. only exempting union members i might add. guess who shoulders the additional burden as we perpetuate a legacy and system that forces people to buy into the insurance mo nop loy that exempts the union from special interest. everyone else in america who pays too much for health care while receiving mediocre treatment in many cases and some cases for 30 mil
Jan 26, 2010 4:00pm EST
reception in washington, d.c., where there are two schools of thought coming out of capitol hill. one, we shouldn't be cutting spending during a recession. another, this freeze would only save $447 billion in the future. and that's a drop in the bucket at the end of the day. meanwhile, we here are asking, it's as if they're saying we're not going to add a sun room to a house that has termites. is anything actually going to address the termites. i don't know. joining us now, senate budget committee chairman democrat from north carolina. his plan was voted down today in the senate. senator, what does the president have to do to bring people to a positive and constructive destination? >> first of all, north dakota. not north carolina. >> i apologize. my apologies. i'm sure i've offended lots of people now. >> no, that's fine. look, i think the important thing is that we've got 53 votes today for a deficit reduction commission, strong bipartisan vote. a majority of the senate. that shows enormous progress from where we were. we had 35 co-sponsors. so i believe it shows momentum behind beginni
Jan 29, 2010 4:00pm EST
. is he being naive or crazy like a fox. and what will it do for the gridlock in washington. >>> an international conspiracy to declare economic warfare on the united states. we're breaking it down. >>> also, what sarah palin says she would to with the tea party. all that, plus a few stories we found while we were supposed to be working. can you say what the cluck? "the dylan ratigan show" starts right now. >>> >>> good afternoon to you. i am dylan ratigan. we begin today with a biblical story of noah and the floods. yes, i'm not kidding. how it relates to what is happening in america today. as the noah of story goes, he sent a tof, you see the dove there? to look for try land after a great flood had wiped out the earth. the dove returned with an olive branch, like the one i have in my hand, or the lovely one you see depicted on the screen. a sign of reconciliation, a gesture of goodwill, a symbol for a second chance. during the president's state of the union speech the other night, the president tried the same approach. especially not only with the congress, but with the republican
Jan 11, 2010 4:00pm EST
own benefit at the expense of america's future and its taxpayers. washington is never going to change the game until voters and consumers demand that they do so. and joining us now, joe kline, a columnist for "time" magazine, author of the 92 campaign. lanny davis, former special counsel in the white house and arianna huffington. welcome all three of you to our inaugural program. mr. kline, good to see you. >> good to be here. >> i look at this and say, oh, my goodness gracious, these people are running my country. these people are making decisions about our country in the context of a value system and a culture that clearly is oblivious to the fact that 50 or 60 years have gone by. am i being too harsh on them? >> yes i've covered like nine of these. >> i understand. >> and my dad, you know, my idea of a great politician is a guy who cheated on his wife continually, drank a pitcher of martinis every night, lied to the public. lied to the staff. and my parents voted for him four times. franklin d. roosevelt. i don't care. this stuff is interesting. it's fun. it's juicy. >> but
Jan 21, 2010 4:00pm EST
welcome back in fact senator maria cantwell, democrat from the great state of washington. and a member of the senate finance committee. she has been front and center pushing for stronger bank reform, including a proposed piece of legislation last fall in which you partnered with senator john mccain to propose the cantwell/mccain amendments to the senate legislation that would effectively try to reduce this exact type of gambling, gambling with other people's money. your reaction to the president's proposal, senator. >> i'm glad his president is turning his attention to this issue. i think the americans want to make sure that capital is flowing to main street and not just having wall street have the resources to keep using dark markets and putting our economy at risk. >> what will be the biggest resistance? in other words, this feels so obvious i think to anybody who doesn't run a bank, that allowing somebody to get free access to our government, to get money that they then use in a gambling parlor that's held in secret, a kindergartener knows that's not good, especially when it's deprivin
Jan 28, 2010 4:00pm EST
and corrosive doubts about how washington works, that have been growing for years. i know there are many americans who aren't sure if they still believe we can change. or that i can deliver. but remember this, i never suggested that change would be easy. or that i could do it alone. >> we have seen countless examples, all of us, throughout the last decade of washington being, shall we say, less than truthful with the american people. beginning with the war in iraq, predicated on the threat of weapons of mass destruction that we later found out never existed. the cia, waterboarding terror suspects creating a third class of prisoner, not telling the american people, and refusing to call it what it was. torture of the meanwhile, washington, working for banks, even holding key details about the bailout that enriched people that did not earn the money using your tax money and they wanted to keep it secret. and just in recent months, we have seen back room health care deals for the benefit of big phrma, unions, and of course, very special senators' own states. in my view, we are never goi
Jan 15, 2010 4:00pm EST
briefed on the strategy sessions. and ron kline at the vanguard coverage for the "washington post." pleasure to have you back. chuck, let's start in massachusetts. put that race in context. what are we looking at here? >> well, right now you talk to anybody that's following this race closely, and they'll tell you the republican scott brown has a very small, though not significant lead in this thing. but it does not insurmountable, which is why the white house made the decision to go ahead and send president obama. he's going to go campaign for martha coakley, the democratic nominee, there on sunday. hoping that will somehow energize a democratic base that is just not very energized up there. we're seeing the same problems in massachusetts with the democratic base that we saw in virginia. in november of 2009. and new jersey in november of 2009. republicans, meanwhile, very excited there. and the thing that we just don't know is what the turnout's going to look like, dylan. the republican path to victory in massachusetts previously is not just about energizing republicans, but that
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